Paragard IUD Lawsuits
The Paragard copper intrauterine device (IUD) has been connected to serious injuries and complications in patients implanted with the device. The IUD is implanted inside the uterus and designed to provide long-term birth control. However, the device can migrate and/or break inside patients, leading to health issues and complications with removal. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received thousands of reports of Paragard breakage.
Patients are filing lawsuits against Teva Pharmaceuticals, claiming that the IUD manufacturer failed to warn about the risks associated with Paragard use. If you were implanted with the Paragard IUD and suffered injuries from the device, contact us for a free case evaluation.
About Paragard IUD
Paragard IUD is composed of a polyethylene “T” wrapped in copper wire. Unlike other types of IUD, Paragard is hormone-free. The Paragard device uses copper to generate an inflammatory reaction in the uterus which creates an unfavorable environment for egg fertilization. The device is generally implanted by a doctor during an office visit.
Paragard was approved by the FDA in 1984 for continuous use up to four years. In 1994, Paragard was approved for use up to ten years.
Adverse Events Reported to the FDA
The FDA has received more than 1600 adverse event reports related to the Paragard IUD since 2010. The reports include events such as the following:
- A Paragard IUD broke apart inside a patient and the device was removed surgically.
- A Paragard IUD was removed after being in place for 6.5 years and was found to be missing both arms. A sonogram revealed that the device’s arms were embedded in the patient’s uterine tissue.
- A hospital reported four incidents where Paragard devices fractured upon removal in 2014. According to the report, three of the four involved devices well under their expected lifespan.
- A Paragard device was noted to be missing the copper coil from the stem upon removal, according to a 2015 report.
Types of Injuries Related to Paragard IUD
Based on FDA reports and lawsuit filings, the types of complications and injuries that may result from the Paragard IUD include:
- IUD embedded in the uterus
- Migration of the device or part of the device
- Fracture of the IUD
- Organ perforation (such as the uterus or colon) and organ damage
- Device fractures requiring surgical removal
- Loss of reproductive health
Get Help Today
If you or someone you know has experienced complications after the implantation of a Paragard IUD, you may be entitled to compensation. Click, Chat or call 1800LAW1010 24/7 to determine what legal action you may take related to this defective product.
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